Little different trapping

Discussion in 'Trapping' started by Nock, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. WETWADERS

    WETWADERS 6 pointer

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    What a day in the bee yard! Boxed up two more swarms. Finished combines of two swarms to old hives. And coolest of all, watched one definite usurpation and pretty sure I had another before I got out there. I thought I was losing a huge swarm, and then realized they were flying TOWARD an existing hive. Took about 10 minutes for the entire swarm to completely enter the box. Saw the evicted queen in the grass tonight getting balled. I'm tired of chasing bees.
     
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  2. Nock

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    Damn son you been busy. Had one in a trap today. And picked up a small cluster outside of the trap. Probably bunch virgins.
     
  3. wolverine1

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    I made 3 splits in March, two have new queens, other didn't make it. Have two strong production hives that I should get a good amount of honey from barring a weather disaster. Locust, tulip poplar and clover are all strong right now. With the cold weather coming this week it will put a damper on foraging.

    No swarms yet..... Only have two traps out though
     
  4. Nock

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    You going to buy a Queen or give them a frame from another hive? That frost we had did a number on the poplar here. Some of them flowered.
     
  5. Nock

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    Caught one more in a trap. Took a peek in top of box. Looked small. I won’t be in no hurry moving them.
     
  6. gds

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    Slung some honey yesterday capped honey.jpg June honey.jpg 72 qts. and 70 - 1 lb. squeeze bottles .
     
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  7. Nock

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    Beautiful frame. You did well. How many hives that come off of?
     
  8. bigbonner

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    Well my son got a call from my brother and his neighbor had a swarm land in a tree in his front yard.
    My son went to where his hives are and to where he has some nuc boxes out to catch swarms. He was going to pick up a empty box for the swarm but he found some of his boxes had bees already occupied. He was happy about that.
     
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  9. gds

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    5 hives , I have 4 more deeps almost fully capped , to pull off in about a week
     
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  10. gds

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    Nock what's your secret with the swarm boxes ? I've caught two swarms from my bees and both were five feet or less from my swarm boxes and did not go in either one . I used the swarm commander on both boxes and it didn't seem to draw the bees to them at all . I've seen a lot of bees checking them out over the last few weeks but no takers . I have drawn comb in them and I apply the swarm commander around the entrance and inside the box once a week .
     
  11. Nock

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    It’s hard to get your bees to move into a box right next to your hives. I think when they swarm the impulse is to move far away from the mother hive. It’s good to have a box in your yard cause other hives will be attached to your yard. I do the same as you far as bait and I have some comb in box as well. I also add some propolis from where I clean up equipment. Just gives it another bee smell.
     
  12. wolverine1

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    GDS, thats some good looking honey!

    Im gonna pull some this weekend or next, people wearing me out wanting some.
     

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